Early Learning News

Ohio Department of Education Topic News


​Early Learning Assessment Updates

Thank you for your continued efforts to support the early care and education of Ohio’s youngest learners. As the November 14 deadline approaches, we want to provide you with some considerations for closing down the Early Learning Assessment (ELA) fall assessment window.


Kindergarten Readiness Assessment Updates for 2017 Administration

Key Dates

Fall 2017 Kindergarten Readiness Assessment

June-Oct. - State support team and district KRA trainers provide KRA teacher training to new kindergarten teachers
July 7 - Deadline to update Assessment Data Manager – Preschool and Kindergarten role in the Ohio Educational Directory System (OEDS)
July 7-16 - The Ready for Kindergarten (KReady) online system ( will be unavailable for server and system maintenance
July 17 - KReady online system opens for KRA administration for select districts that begin school before August 14.
Aug. 1 - KReady online system opens for KRA and Kindergarten Field Test 2017 administration


June 2017 - Early Learning Newsletter - Birth to Grade 3

Click here for the June edition of the Early Learning Program Updates, which provides important Early Childhood Education news and information for administrators, teachers, families and community members.


Spring 2017 Early Learning Technical Assistance Presentation

Here are the presentations from the Spring 2017 Early Learning Regional Technical Assistance Meetings: 


Step Up To Quality Guidance

StepUp_Tagline_5stars.pngStep Up To Quality (SUTQ) is Ohio's quality rating system for child care programs. The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS) and the Ohio Department of Education (ODE) use a comprehensive, one- to five-star rating system to assess ODJFS- and ODE-licensed early childhood programs that choose to exceed minimum health and safety standards. Starting in 2020, all child care programs that receive state funding will be required to participate in Step Up To Quality. Ratings are posted online, and parents can use them to choose the program that is best for their child. 

Highly rated programs require continuing education for teachers and staff, use child assessments to guide learning and development, and take additonal steps to help prepare children for kindergarten. In return, they receive additional funding and free marketing materials to help spread the news about their SUTQ rating and attract new customers.

This guide is designed for child care providers working to achieve star ratings. This includes: 

  • Child care programs registering for SUTQ for the first time
  • Child care programs that already have at least one SUTQ star
  • County agencies 

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